District-wide Faculty and Staff

Inspiring Students: Sustainability + Empowerment + Community

CCASD Faculty


John Phelps

John Phelps

Prior to this role, John Phelps was the special education teacher where he found his passion working with adolescent youth at Ponderosa, the Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center, and the Coconino County Jail. He believes young people will make the world a better place. Mr. Phelps went to Northern Arizona University where he received his Bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education and a Masters degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Positive Behavior Support. Mr. Phelps enjoys hanging out in the community of Flagstaff and loves what this community has to offer.

Erin Tutay

Erin Tutay

My name is Erin Tutay and I am an Administrative Support Specialist for Coconino County Accommodation School District. I have been with the District for over a year. I love working in an Alternative School setting and in a supportive environment. I am currently getting my Bachelor’s in Communications with NAU and am married with two children and a dog. We love living in Flagstaff where we get to enjoy the beautify scenery and amazing temperatures. We enjoy going on hikes, traveling, and family game nights. I am originally from Tempe, AZ with a background in Banking, Mortgage, and Superintendent of Schools office (in Flagstaff).

Heidi McGurvey

Heidi McGervey

Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University majoring in Justice Studies and a minor in Spanish. Certified Teacher in English and Spanish.

Ken Link

I am Ken Linck, a teacher, husband, and father in Flagstaff.  In the last thirty years, I've had the opportunity to teach in a very diverse set of communities, ranging from schools for the blind and visually impaired in Morocco to public schools in Kansas, Colorado, and Arizona.  While earning my Masters' degree in Special Education from Northern Arizona University, I taught for six years in Tuba City, and have been teaching in Flagstaff for most of the time since, between Puente de Hózhó School, Sinagua High School, and Coconino High School.

I have been very grateful for the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings that have reflected the rich and diverse heritage of Flagstaff.  I am more excited than I can express to continue that journey at Ponderosa High School.

Pete Holloway – Math/Science Teacher

Originally from northern New England, he graduated from Falmouth High in 1984. He served a three year enlistment in the U.S. Army as a medic serving in South Korea and West Germany.  Using the G.I. Bill he enrolled in Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute's building construction program.  His interest and appreciation for the out of doors led to a program of study at the University of Maine in Forestry.

That decision eventually brought him to Arizona, for a position on the Grand Canyon's Fire Crew and then to the Blue Ridge Hot Shots. In 1997 he returned to school at Northern Arizona University for a post degree certification in secondary science.  After teaching in Cochise and Gila Counties, he started his own business as a remodel and repair contractor.  During the slow period of building he signed a two-month contract with CCASD.  What originally started out as a winter fill in job has morphed into a career.

Mr. Holloway taught at Juvenile Detention for five years and just recently became a member of the Ponderosa High School faculty.

John Lee – JDC Transition Counselor

John Lee’s mission is to make a difference in the community in which he lives by using his time, talents and skills to help others live healthier lives. John has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Applied Sociology with an emphasis in Family Studies at Northern Arizona University.

Ann Cooley – Jail Education Teacher

Ann Cooley has a Masters in both History and Education from Northern Arizona University.  She began teaching art and English at Window Rock High School in Window Rock, AZ on the Navajo Reservation.  She is highly qualified in art, English, and history.  As an art teacher, six students won or placed at the prestigious Gallup, New Mexico Southwest Foundation Art Contest.  Currently, she is teaching at the jail with an emphasis on reading, metacognition, world and American history, art, and culture.

Jeanie Confer – CCASD Business Manager

Jeanie grew up in Westchester County New York and graduated from a small private school in her home state. Jeanie pursued her dream in 1997 to live in Colorado where she worked in the accounting department at Winter Park Resort.

Jeanie has lived in Flagstaff for 13 years and has worked as a Business Manager for the Hopi Tribe, Northern Arizona University and just recently started her position at Coconino County Accommodation School District. She currently resides in Flagstaff with her dogs Cayenne and Bean and her parrots Homer and Scooter.

Mary McCarron – CCASD Receptionist/Registrar

Mary McCarron (Ms. Mac) was born in Garden City Michigan and graduated from Marygrove College in the City of Detroit. She has been a life-long tiger fan. Mary moved to Flagstaff in 1980 and the proud mother of two grown daughters. Mary has worked as a school support staff person since 1995. Mary has been at Ponderosa High School since 2005 and is proud to be a founding member of our school.

Richard Clark – Custodian/Maintenance

Richard Clark has been the Ponderosa High School custodian/maintenance person since 2009. He has 25 years of expertise in the maintenance and janitorial fields and uses that experience to help Ponderosa High School look its best for our students, parents and staff.

Richard is a proud father of four girls who have grown, moved on to college, and beyond and know first hand the importance of a good education. Richard loves his work at Ponderosa High School and for playing an important role in making our school an excellent educational experience for our students.

 

Ponderosa Highschool Faculty


Leah Claw

Leah Claw

Joined CCASD in October of 2018. Graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in American Studies and a Masters degree from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership

Josh Armstrong – Science Teacher

Mr. Armstrong teaches Biology and various creative electives at Ponderosa.  He has been teaching science in the Flagstaff community for fifteen years.  Mr. Armstrong has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University.

When outside the classroom Mr. Armstrong enjoys exploring the Colorado Plateau by boat, mountain bike, motorcycle or boot.  He brings his enthusiasm for the outdoors and environmental education to the classroom and has taken scores of students on adventures ranging from backpacking trips and climbing adventures to rafting trips on the rivers of the plateau.

Emily Morton – Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Morton has been in the field of education for 16 years. She received her BA degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics from California State University, Bakersfield. She then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Psychology (Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis) and a second Masters Degree in Education/School Counseling. Mrs. Morton has taught a wide range of subjects and ages from 1st grade through Algebra at the Community College level and has served as a school counselor for over 10 years in both elementary/middle and high schools.
She grew up in Lancaster, CA , and then spent 9 years in Lake Havasu City, AZ before moving to Flagstaff in 2015.

Mrs. Morton is a big advocate for community involvement, visual and performing arts, and health and fitness. In her spare time you may find her teaching a yoga or fitness class at the gym, dancing ballet,  playing the violin with the Flagstaff Symphony or leading a group at church.  She is currently supporting her community by sitting on the board for both the Therapy Pets of Northern Arizona and also the Flagstaff Figure Skating Club.
Mrs. Morton’s family is made complete by her husband, 6 year old daughter, and 2 dogs. She loves the sunshine, the beach and all things coastal!

John Taylor – Greenhouse Consultant / Instructor

John Taylor is a gardener and educator born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in the History of Art from Yale University, and a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Texas at Austin. For ten years he owned and operated a landscape design, install and maintenance company; and also worked as an ecological restoration contractor. Since 2009 Mr. Taylor has worked in the Flagstaff Unified and Coconino County School Districts leading hands-on garden and sustainability programs.

In 2012 Mr. Taylor founded Terra BIRDS, a non-profit organization with mission to educate and empower youth through gardening to help prepare them as the stewards of a sustainable future for humanity.

Megan Walker – English

Ms. Walker has been teaching English Language Arts since 2004. Her teaching experience includes middle school, high school, community college, and university courses. Over the years, Ms. Walker has worked with many students in outdoor learning contexts, promoting opportunities for students to practice discovery learning connected to place.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in English/Secondary Education, a Master of Arts in English, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction program at Northern Arizona University.

Ms. Walker grew up in Flagstaff and feels lucky to call this community home. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family.

 

 

Tse Yaato Highschool Faculty


Ellena Gonzales – Art/Leisure, Employment Skills and Personal Finance Instructor

Ellena Gonzales – Art/Leisure, Employment Skills & Personal Finance Instructor

Ellena is from Albuquerque, NM but has lived in Page for 34 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in art education from UNM, a master’s in art from NAU and many hours from community colleges. She has been an educator for over 30 years and holds teaching certificates in Elementary K-8, Secondary 7-12, Art K-12, ESL, CTE and due to her many college credits in Spanish had also taught a class in middle school Spanish for many years. Ellena has taught at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college level. She has completed a 200-hour certificate in yoga instruction from Shoshoni Yoga in Colorado. She currently teaches several yoga classes as well as incorporating yoga into her Art/Leisure class.

In addition to her work at Tse Yaato she loves being with her husband, teaching yoga, gardening and walking/hiking with her dog and friends. She also has a love of traveling especially to Spanish speaking countries.

Leah Glenn – English Teacher

Ms. Glenn has been a resident of Page, Arizona since 2008.  She taught English at Page High School for five years before joining the staff at Tse’ Yaato’ High School in 2020. She has been employed as a school librarian, reading specialist, and substitute teacher in addition to her teaching experience.  She earned her degree in Sociology from Colorado College and did additional work toward her teaching certificate at University of Colorado @ Boulder.  She enjoys gardening, river-rafting, and traveling to new places.  She lives in Page with her two children, husband, a dog and four cats.

Coreen Rankin – Registrar

Coreen Rankin moved to Page, Arizona over 12 years ago from Idaho where she was in education as a Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Consulting Special Education Teacher, and district office personnel. She has held many different positions in the education system for over 22 years and has her master’s degree in Special Education.

After leaving her teaching position, she has worked as a Detention Support Specialist with Coconino County Sheriff’s Office until she joined Coconino County Accommodation School District at Tse’ Yaato’ High School. She loves working with and around students which has been
her life’s passion.

Mrs. Rankin enjoys reading, crafts, sewing, graphic design, outdoor activities and the beautiful scenery that Arizona has to offer near Lake Powell and throughout Canyon Country.

Traci Parker – Principal

Traci Parker has been Principal of Tse’Yaato’ High School since July 1, 2012. As a native of Farmington, Missouri, Mrs. Parker moved to Arizona in the summer of 2003. Mrs. Parker received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Central Methodist University of Missouri in 1997, a Master’s of Science in Education from Southwest Baptist University of Missouri in 1998, and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Doane University of Nebraska in 2007.

Mrs. Parker is a veteran educator with a career of over 16 years in the classroom before switching to administration. Mrs. Parker began her career as a special education inclusion paraprofessional while in college and then taught middle school mathematics for seven years in Missouri. After, moving to Page, Arizona in 2003, Mrs. Parker spent the next nine years teaching high school mathematics before stepping in as the principal of Tse’Yaato’ High School. Mrs. Parker enjoys her work in education as well as reading, riding all terrain vehicles, building things, and traveling.

Rebecca Miller – Special Education

A resident of Page since 2008, Ms Miller worked at Page High School for two years before taking over the special education position at Tse’Yaato’ High School. This year marks her tenth year with the Coconino School District. Ms Miller graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with a degree in Speech/Theatre in 1974 and has been an educator since that time. Recently, she added special education to her Arizona certification. In her spare time she reads, works in her garden and corrects papers.

Albert Tso- Math Teacher

Mr. Tso is native to Page, AZ, and earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Northern Arizona University in 1985 and his Master’s of Arts in Teaching of Mathematics in 1991 (NAU).  Mr. Tso first taught high school mathematics for Tuba City from 1985 to 1996.  Then, he moved on to Page High School where Mr. Tso taught for nearly 20 years.  Mr. Tso’s contributions to our community and students are numerous and we are beyond excited to have him available to Tse’Yaato’ High School students for years to come.  In Mr. Tso’s spare time, he enjoys activities with his family and riding his motorcycle.

Nancy Walker – TAPP Coordinator

Mrs. Walker, a long term Page resident and educator, received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Home Economics from Northern Arizona State University in 1981 and a Master’s of Arts degree in Teaching from Grand Canyon University in 2002.  Mrs. Walker previously served as the CTE director (15 yrs) in the Page Unified School district.  Prior to that, she taught various CTE courses for Page High School; such as, Business, Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Clothing for a number of years.  Mrs. Walker also loves babies!  In the TAPP coordinator position, Mrs. Walker will assist new parents to be able to complete their high school education and learn critical parenting and child development skills while having the infants close by in the classroom.  In her spare time, she enjoys visiting with her children and grandchildren.

Richie Suico-Clutter – Plato Coordinator

Mrs. Clutter immigrated to Page, Arizona in 2012 from the Philippines. She graduated from Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Technology. Mrs. Clutter also attended a year of graduate school in Food Science at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao while working as a university research and graduate assistant. Prior to coordinating the Plato lab, she gained experience in the American education system by substitute teaching. Mrs. Clutter loves playing the piano, ping pong, and badminton. She also has a passion for traveling.